Opinion, please

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by John Carter, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. John Carter

    John Carter Guest

    The company my wife works for sent us a Netgear FVG318 Prosafe VPN
    router for inclusion into our network here at home. The current
    configuration is:
    Netgear something modem gateway provided by Road Runner Business
    Netgear FVG318 VPN router with static IP address (no wireless feature
    activated) Used as VPN tunneling device to their facilities and also
    as DHCP serveron the LAN side.
    Linksys WRT54G set up as WAP (no connection to WAN port) for our
    wireless devices
    Linksys RTP300 VOIP (Vonage) router connected into one of the
    WRT54G's switched ports

    We have 3 wireless PC's and 2 wired. No problems here. We ahve run
    the network minus the FVG318 for 2 years without problems.

    The problem is that the 318 drops its Internet connection randomly
    and frequently such that the RTP300 is NOT seen by Vonage and phone
    calls to our home phone are forwarded to my cell phone which is the
    number to use when the network is down. I have checked and my home
    phone is NOT forwarded to my cell. Sometimes one can call the home
    number and when they are forwarded to the cell, just hang up and
    redial the home number and get through to thew Vonage router and then
    to our house phone system.

    The bottom line here is that I have discussed theis problem with Road
    Runner and Netgear Tech supportm and Netgear seems to think the 318
    is not fast enough for 10 mbit on the WAN side and 54mbit (or
    thereabouts) on the LAN.

    The engineers at my wife's company are convinced that the 318 is the
    problem and currently is at a dead end, and have offered to send me a
    Netgear FVS338 in its place.

    They use Sonicwall at their network centers and I said we would take
    one of those, but they said it was not economically feasible
    (shucks), and the FVS338 will do the job for us. That's what they
    said when the FVG318 arrived.

    Anyone with FVS338 experience have anything to say about such drop
    outs? ?

    Your opinions are appreciated.
    John Carter, Nov 2, 2008
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